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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 23 — Nov. 18, 2013
  • pp: 28892–28901

Octave-spanning coherent mid-IR generation via adiabatic difference frequency conversion

Haim Suchowski, Peter R. Krogen, Shu-Wei Huang, Franz X. Kärtner, and Jeffrey Moses  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 23, pp. 28892-28901 (2013)

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We demonstrate efficient downconversion of a near-IR broadband optical parametric chirped pulse amplifier (OPCPA) pulse to a 1.1-octave-spanning mid-IR pulse (measured at −10 dB of peak) via a single nonlinearly and adiabatically chirped quasi-phase-matching grating in magnesium oxide doped lithium niobate. We report a spectrum spanning from 2 to 5 μm and obtained by near full photon number conversion of μJ-energy OPCPA pulses spanning 680-870 nm mixed with a narrowband 1047-nm pulse. The conversion process is shown to be robust for various input broadband OPA pulses and suitable for post-amplification conversion for many near-IR systems.

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OCIS Codes
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.6629) Ultrafast optics : Supercontinuum generation

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

Original Manuscript: September 17, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 25, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 27, 2013
Published: November 15, 2013

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Haim Suchowski, Peter R. Krogen, Shu-Wei Huang, Franz X. Kärtner, and Jeffrey Moses, "Octave-spanning coherent mid-IR generation via adiabatic difference frequency conversion," Opt. Express 21, 28892-28901 (2013)

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